Nicky Catsburg tops the times in second Termas de Río Hondo practice

Nicky Catsburg tops the times in second Termas de Río Hondo practice

Nicky Catsburg
Photo: Frederic Le Floch / DPPI

Polestar’s Nicky Catsburg was the fastest driver in second practice for the World Touring Car Championship in Argentina, as the Dutchman beat Campos Racing’s Esteban Guerrieri to the top time.

Catsburg went to the top of the timesheets in the final five minutes of the session when he put new tyres on his Volvo, edging out Argentine local Guerrieri to take the top spot.

“It was very different to FP1 which was very foggy, difficult to see and cold, whereas this session was just warm and easier to see,” said Catsburg. “The car performed well – at the end we took some fresher tyres and went P1, which is where we want to be.

“I’m very happy and looking forward to qualifying where hopefully we can do it again. So far it feels good.

“We have the idea that we should be OK here. We’ve dropped 20 kg of weight since Vila Real, which wasn’t so bad, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be at the front here.

“But then again, this morning straight from the get-go the Hondas were very fast, so I think they will still be very strong and they probably didn’t take [fresh] tyres, so we’ll have to see in qualifying. I think it’s going to be between us and the Hondas again.”

Behind Guerrieri were Honda duo Tiago Monteiro and Norbert Michelisz, half a second and seventh tenths off the pace respectively.

Rob Huff was the leading Münnich Motorsport Citroën driver in fifth, ahead of the second Polestar Volvo of Néstor Girolami in sixth, who was the last driver within a second of the front.

Volvo’s Thed Björk was just 12th, completing the fewest laps of any driver due to an off-track excursion that saw his car’s radiator get filled with grass.

The session took place in much clearer conditions than the fog-interrupted first practice, although some localised patches did remain at the start of the session before the sun broke through.

Qualifying takes place at 15:00 local time (19:00 BST, 20:00 CEST).

Session results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 63 Nicky CATSBURG Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar 16 1:43.207 0.000
2 86 Esteban GUERRIERI Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 13 1:43.576 0.369
3 18 Tiago MONTEIRO Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 16 1:43.706 0.499
4 5 Norbert MICHELISZ Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 17 1:43.900 0.693
5 12 Rob HUFF ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 16 1:44.088 0.881
6 61 Néstor GIROLAMI Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar 12 1:44.180 0.973
7 25 Mehdi BENNANI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 16 1:44.230 1.023
8 3 Tom CHILTON Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 15 1:44.447 1.240
9 9 Tom CORONEL ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 17 1:44.742 1.535
10 68 Yann EHRLACHER RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC 18 1:44.793 1.586
11 34 Ryo MICHIGAMI Honda Racing Team JAS Honda Civic WTCC 8 1:45.308 2.101
12 62 Thed BJÖRK Polestar Cyan Racing Volvo S60 Polestar 6 1:45.350 2.143
13 24 Kevin GLEASON RC Motorsport LADA Vesta WTCC 20 1:45.460 2.253
14 27 John FILIPPI Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 16 1:45.480 2.273
15 66 Zsolt Dávid SZABÓ Zengő Motorsport Kft Honda Civic WTCC 17 1:46.358 3.151
16 99 Dániel NAGY Zengő Motorsport Kft Honda Civic WTCC 12 1:46.614 3.407